Applications for ARC funding within the National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP) are made through Eligible Organisations, primarily Australian higher education institutions, which are listed within the Funding Rules of each scheme of the NCGP. These organisations administer all funding awarded by the ARC. The ARC does not directly fund or accept applications from individual researchers.  

Researchers

All funding schemes of the NCGP are open to international researchers. Applications must be submitted through an Eligible Organisation and the researcher must meet the role-specific eligibility criteria for the relevant scheme, as outlined in the latest scheme-specific Funding Rules.

Opportunities exist within the schemes of the NCGP for Australian researchers to seek funding as part of their application for funding, to travel overseas to meet with their international partner/s or to bring their overseas partner/s to Australia. Information on requirements and limits can be found within the latest scheme specific Funding Rules.

Organisations

International organisations can collaborate on projects through several schemes of the NCGP including Linkage ProjectsARC Centres of ExcellenceIndustrial Transformation Research Program schemes, Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and FacilitiesDiscovery ProjectsDiscovery Indigenous, and Future Fellowships. Depending on the scheme, international organisations can participate on projects as a Partner Organisation, Other Organisation or Host Organisation. They must meet the eligibility criteria for the organisational role type, as outlined in the latest scheme-specific Funding Rules. 

International researchers and organisations interested in funding/research collaboration opportunities should contact the Research Office of an Eligible Organisation in the first instance. Research Offices will be able to provide more detailed information on opportunities available within their institution. A list of Eligible Organisation contact details is provided on the University: RMS Contacts page.

All researchers and organisations interested in ARC funding are advised to familiarise themselves with the Funding Rules and Funding Agreements for relevant schemes. For more information on current ARC funding rounds, visit the NCGP page. An overview of international opportunities available through the schemes of the NCGP is provided below.

Linkage Program

The ARC's Linkage Program funding schemes aim to encourage and extend cooperative approaches to research and improve the use of research outcomes by strengthening links within Australia’s innovation system and with innovation systems internationally.

The Linkage Program supports excellent collaborative research initiatives involving partnerships between higher education organisations and with other sectors in Australia and internationally. Projects funded under the Linkage Program will foster research training and career opportunities that enable researchers and research students to gain experience working in industry settings.

Discovery Program

The ARC's Discovery Program funding schemes recognise the importance of fundamental research to the national innovation system. The national innovation system includes the people (for example, in government, higher education and business), processes and relationships involved in 'new' knowledge in a knowledge-based economy.

Discovery Program funds excellent, internationally competitive research undertaken by individuals and teams. The research funded under the Discovery Program will build Australia’s research capacity by supporting and facilitating research training and career opportunities for excellent Australian and International researchers.